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Welcoming Refugees from Ukraine to the Shelfords www.oasiss.uk

 

About 20 people from Ukraine including 12 children and a baby have now been welcomed to Little Shelford, Great Shelford and Stapleford. Another 14 have been granted visas, and at least another 40 are in the application process. 

 

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our communities, South Cambs. is currently the district area with the highest number of visas granted in the country to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. 

 

OASISS (Open ArmS in Shelford and Stapleford) is a community initiative supporting refugees directly and through supporting hosts. It is so different watching the news from hearing stories of the war from our guests; it is a privilege to be able to reach out in such an uncertain world.  

 

There are many ways everyone from our villages can help our guests to feel welcome and to become part of our community.  Below are some ways in which you can get involved - in addition to giving a smile and a warm hello. 

 

Please let all Ukrainian guests know that one of our OASISS committee members, Joanna Jasiewicz, is offering free yoga classes weekly to all guests beginning on Monday, June 6th from 5:30-6:30pm. Please watch the OASISS website and the Facebook pages for further details soon.

 

Do check out our new website www.oasiss.uk to see what we do and what you can do.  If you are hosting and have not yet connected with us, please connect.  If you are not hosting, here are some ways you can help:

 

  • You can offer to host a family. We are particularly short of families with more than one spare bedroom. It is a huge commitment, but we are able to support you as a community if you decide to take a guest or guests. We are also looking for people to offer relief accommodation for shorter periods.

  • We are setting up a buddy system connecting a person/family who is not hosting with a person/family who is and their guests. This is to enrich the guests’ experience and to support the hosts. Buddies can take people for a day out, offer to host regularly for dinner/walk/coffee, offer transport from time to time, provide help particularly during the summer when hosts may be away. If you are interested in being a buddy, please use go to https://oasiss.uk/pledge-support/  The intention is not to replace all the informal (and amazing) support which is underway, but as a way of facilitating connecting people. 

  • Coffee is available from 10-12 in the morning on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Free Church in Great Shelford and on Wednesdays in the North Building at All Saints Little Shelford. All guests, hosts and OASISS supporters are most welcome.

  • We are aiming to raise money to support people who have arrived.  This could be for example paying for necessary dental care, organised social activities, language classes, transport, and other necessities.  There is a robust process for allocating funds and any remaining money will go to Disaster Emergencies Committee .  Help us reach out £5,000 target by clicking on https://oasiss.uk/donate/

  • We are hoping to set up local classes to teach English at beginner and intermediate level to adults. These will be complemented by local English speakers listening to children read – particularly important over the summer holiday. Please let us know if you can offer help, particularly if you are TEFL/ESOL trained, a language teacher, or just someone prepared to engage with these activities. The Bell School is donating textbooks.

  • Other ways to help include offering bikes/clothes/books, English/Ukrainian/Russian interpretation, administrative help, helping to run coffee mornings or our clothes hub, offers of employment and anything else that you think might be useful.  Go to https://oasiss.uk/pledge-support/  and let us have your ideas.

 

OASISS looks forward to connecting with many more people in our community as we help our newcomers settle.

Posted May 30 2022

 

Woollards Lane closure

 

As part of the Great Shelford Jubliee Celebration event on Sun 5th June, a section of Woollards Lane will become a ‘play street’ to provide the community with the opportunity to mingle safely in the heart of the village, and give children a little freedom to play out on the streets, to aid their health, happiness and sense of belonging.

Posted May 23 2022

 

Neighbourhood Plan: complete the survey and have your say about the future of Great Shelford

 

Organisers have been really encouraged by the number of responses so far to our first Neighbourhood Plan survey for Great Shelford and Stapleford.

 

Thank you to everyone who has filled it in, talked to us at pop-up events and shared your views about what is important to you about the place where we live/work.

 

In a nutshell, we want to understand what’s good, what needs fixing and what’s missing, as we seek to meet our villages’ planning needs and support a thriving community through to 2040 and beyond. Survey questions cover topics such as: what you like and dislike about living/working here; what kind of new homes you think we need and where they should be located; your views on our greenbelt and environmental challenges; and how you travel around our wider area.

 

Some common themes are beginning to emerge from the survey. However, they are vital in helping us to focus the Neighbourhood Plan on the things which matter most to you. Once the plan is finished, our collective priorities will be reflected in planning policies specific to our villages and sit alongside the Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework when assessing planning applications in our area.

 

The survey will be open until just after Great Shelford Feast in July, and we will be out in the community talking to people at Stapleford Show (Sat 4th June) and Great Shelford’s Jubilee Event (5th June). It can be accessed online through the link on our website, www.greatshelfordparishcouncil.gov.uk/SGSNPlan.

 

Hard copies and a Neighbourhood Plan display are available at Great Shelford library. If you are housebound, we can deliver a survey to you and collect it later. To arrange this, email SGSNPlan@gmail.com or call our Clerk, Libby White, on 01223 616622.

Posted May 24 2022

 

Retirement village consultation

A short public consultation has been launched about controversial proposals to build a retirement village on green belt in Stapleford.

The retirement care village will include 150 retirement bungalows & apartments alongside care services on green belt land between Haverhill Road, Stapleford and Hinton Way, Great Shelford.

The developers Rangeford Villages launched a public consultation about the proposals on June 1st. The consultation ends on June 15. 

Visit https://rangefordconsultation.co.uk/ if you would like to have your say.

The retirement village will include facilities for the wider community to use including wellness facilities and a new 47-acre Countryside Park.

There were 54 objections to the original proposal. One resident from Haverhill Road in Stapleton who submitted a letter to South Cambridgeshire Council said they were worried any development would "irreversibly change" the character of the area.

They added: "The proposed development of Greenbelt land combined with the planned busway would devastate the delightful rural character of our village.”

The proposal was originally rejected by South Cambs Council in April 2021. But it was given the go ahead following a planning appeal at the end of last year.

The developers said the high-end retirement village would include an investment of £15 million, creating 190 jobs during construction. 

Posted June 1 2022

 

New almshouses taking shape

 

This aerial photograph shows the Parochial Charities almshouse development taking shape at the end of More’s Meadow in Great Shelford, South Cambridgeshire. Over the past few weeks much of the scaffolding has been taken down and work on the interiors is now underway.

Subject to weather and materials availability, the contractor aims to complete the development by year end.

 

The 21 new units – a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes – are grouped in three terraces set around a central landscaped green. The properties feature high standards of energy efficiency and are designed to keep running costs low.

 

Once complete, this will bring to 53 the total number of almshouse properties owned and maintained by Great Shelford Parochial Charities. Further information may be found at https://gspc.org.uk/our-plans/

Posted May 25 2022

Outdoor movies at Shelford Rugby Club

A number of outdoor movies are being shown at Shelford Rugby Club in June.

 

There will be a large decorated stretch tent foyer area with seating, a fully stocked outdoor bar with draught beer, wines and gins, a popcorn kiosk and box office, alongside a stage for musicians.

 

The Enchanted Cinema and Dusk & Duchy venue will showcase a 28ft wide cinema screen alongside a state of the art HK sound system. The delicious food menu will be rustled up by Shelford Rugby Club's inhouse Michelin grade chef alongside Cambridge's staple street-food trucks.

Tickets are available here - https://tinyurl.com/2s4b4ys7 

 

3rd June - Bohemian Rhapsody 

4th June - Rocketman 

5th June - Cruella (2021)  

8th June - Bridesmaids

9th June - No Time to Die

23rd June - King Richard (Oscar Winner)

24th June - Fight Club.

Posted May 25 2022 

 

Farmers Market closes

 

Great Shelford's farmers market has closed.

 

The market, which took place on the fourth Saturday of the month, closed in April.

 

However the Great Shelford Country Market is still  open every Wednesday 9 to 11.30 am in the Memorial Hall.  We are preparing for a ‘Platinum Jubilee Celebration’ market on 1 June.  It's also the growing season so stalls in the Plant Section are becoming very well laden with fine healthy plants.   Range of home baking including a variety of bread, preserves and many crafts so plenty to see. Take a look at our logo: ‘COOK-CRAFT-GROW’ - everything we sell is home-made, home-grown or hand-crafted.

Posted May 23 2022

 

Election results

The Liberal Democrats held both District Council seats in the Shelfords and Stapleford in the May 5 election.

Sitting councillor Peter Fane topped the poll with 1612 votes.

William Jackson-Wood came second for the Liberal Democrats with 1198 votes to win the other seat for this area.

Conservative  Ben Shelton was third with 924 votes while fellow Tory Andrew Appleyard was fourth with 889 votes.

* There were no parish council elections as there weren't enough candidates. But Ben Shelton joined both Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council on May 5. Great Shelford still has two vacancies while Stapleford now has four vacancies.

 

Posted May 25 2022

 

Guided busway survey

 

81% of people who took part in MP Anthony Browne’s survey earlier this year said they would not or probably not support the guided busway on the edge of Great Shelford and Stapleford.

58% said they would definitely or probably support the alternative option using the A1307 and 85% would never or only rarely use the CSET busway.

Now there is a major new survey about the proposals in which you need to have a say.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) is currently reviewing its Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) and has launched a public consultation. This gives you a chance to share your thoughts on the CSET Busway and transport issues more generally. 

Click this link.  Follow through the first two pages (answering required questions 1-6), before coming to a map of Cambridgeshire.

Click 'South Cambridgeshire' to be directed to the Greater Cambridge section.

This section contains two questions, one offering a simple choice of how much you support the proposals, and a second box asking for more detailed feedback.

If you wish to give feedback directly regarding the guided bus scheme, this box is the best place for you to do so.

If you oppose the current proposals to build a concrete busway across the Cambridge green belt at the Gog Magog hills, please use this opportunity to tell our local transport authorities to stop these destructive plans.

Click here to fill in the full LTCP Consultation

Click here to view the relevant CSET section of the LTCP Consultation

Posted May 24 2022

 

M11 closures

 

National Highways will be carrying out essential road marking over 4 weeks between Monday 23 May and Saturday 18 June.

The M11 will be closed weeknights from 9pm-5am between j12 and j14 northbound from Monday 23 May to Saturday 18 June, then southbound from Monday 6 to Saturday 18 June. No work will take place during the week beginning 30 May due to the bank holidays.

Drivers travelling northbound will be diverted from the M11 at junction 12 onto the A603, A1198, A428 and A14 to junction 32 before returning to the M11. Drivers travelling southbound will follow this diversion in reverse.

Posted May 22 2022

Calling experienced kayakers

We are looking for experienced adult kayakers who would be interested in joining our team running fun kayaking sessions for Cubs and Scouts. We have all the equipment needed for the Cubs and Scouts but would like to find additional experienced adults to join the fun and help out. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Will Bull at will.bull@cambridgeshirescouts.org.uk

Posted May 23 2022

 

New Pop in and Chat  Support Group at the Library

Monthly Pop in and Chat sessions are starting shortly at Great Shelford Library and we would love you to come along. This is a mutual support group for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). Children can play together and a Child and Family Centre Worker will be on hand to give advice. Meetings are free and refreshments will be available.

The first two sessions will be from 2-3.30pm on Wednesday 11th May and Wednesday 8th June 2022.

To book a place please call 0345 045 5225, email cambourne.referral@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call in to Great Shelford Library.

Posted April 19 2022

Shelford and Stapleford Ukraine support update

Over 60 households in the Shelfords and Stapleford have offered accommodation for up to 120 Ukrainian refugees following the campaign 

by the local group Open ArmS In Shelfords/Stapleford (OASISS). This is there update:

 

We are delighted to report that the response to OASISS has been extraordinary – we do live in a community filled with generous and caring individuals, not to mention the churches and organisations who have also stepped up to the plate. We have also had families join from Hauxton, Duxford, and Trumpington.

 

Where we are:

We have over 60 households offering accommodation for over 120 people. Many of you brave people have generously offered to host mothers and children; the need now is for accommodation for adults, some of whom are elderly. Please let us know whether you can accommodate adults and pass this on to others who may have felt they couldn’t accommodate children.

 

As we speak, we have approached a dozen households in total who are in communication with people seeking refuge. We are learning that the process is a journey, with hiccoughs along the way, so we have some time before we need to make up beds! The visa process is challenging, but there are people around to guide you through the process.

 

War brings inevitable chaos, and things take time; our original idea of bringing a community of people who already know one another is unlikely to work, but we are told that just being Ukrainian is bringing people together.  We can build on that in our own community.. We have been approached by a local organisation, the Cambridge4Ukraine initiative in partnership with Cambridge University Ukrainian Society (CUUS). So, in addition to letting us know that you are willing to host, we will now ask you to sign up by completing this form.

OASISS: What we need now:

A|website, legal and financial skills and admin skills

 

  1. The huge response has generated an enormous number of emails and we need to share the load with a larger team. Please could we encourage people who have been unable to offer to house people but have time and administrative and organisation skills to contact us.

  2. A website will soon be very necessary and will help with communication- if there is someone out there who has the skills to develop a website. Time is of the essence.

  3. We will need help with financial and legal issues. People are generously offering funds, but we have no bank account, though we are investigating short term solutions. Others may be comfortable in guiding folk through the visa process. Please do let us know.

 

For the future:

 

Many of you have offered to help with activities and social support, as well as with practical help such as finding bicycles or even teaching English. We will be approaching you all for broader offers of help in the future, so please think about ways in which you or the organisations with which you are involved could help.

 

Some of you have already pledged money to help with travel or with the immediate needs of refugees. We are happy to receive promises of financial gifts, but do not yet have the mechanism to accept these.

 

Thank you again to everyone who has offered help in any way.

 

The team at Open ArmS In Shelfords/Stapleford (OASISS)

Posted March 31 2022

 

Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Appeal, Shelford

 

We thought you would like to know that the lorry filled with your generous donations from the Great Shelford Memorial Hall collection on March 6 has arrived in Poland.

 

Due to the fluid situation the lorry was diverted to a town called Knurow where the Red Cross has established a warehouse close to where the Ukrainian refugees are being transferred to ease the pressure on the boarder. There have been messages of huge appreciation communicated back to us from Poland which we want to pass on to you all.

 

We feel this has been a really hopeful project in a time of extraordinary darkness. None of it could have happened without  you giving so generously your donations, your time and your support. The community’s  positive response has been overwhelming. Thank you. 

 

Georgie and Tom Godsal

Posted March 23 2022

* During March Scotsdales fund-matched all donations given at their checkouts for the Ukraine, totalling an impressive £6,526. All proceeds will go to the Disaster Emergency Committee.

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Zara celebrates 15 years in Great Shelford

 

Zara Indian restaurant is celebrating 15 years in Great Shelford this year.

"Over the years we have been open we have won several national and regional awards and this is all due to the support of the local community and we hope to achieve the same level of recognition and support in the future," said a spokesman for the popular restaurant.

 

"W have been going since 2007 and consider ourselves as a very important part of the local community. We have always tried to support our community by getting involved with local sponsorships and contributing to local fund raisers however big or small and we are proud of our involvement.

"The past couple of years have been very difficult for all local businesses including us due to COVID. During the pandemic we have stood strong and supported our community as much as possible by donating meals to local charitable and NHS trusts including care homes, we have donated over 2000 meals and regularly supporting to the food bank with our donations with the support of our customers. 

 

We have made our restaurant COVID safe for everyone to come and enjoy and have a good time during these difficult period.

 

We are and have always been committed to providing meals at the highest quality and this is evident by the number of accolades we have received consistently over the years. We hope to carry this on for a very very long time while always trying to improve on our past achievements.

 

As a voice for the local community we would appreciate all the support you can give us for the future. 

Posted March 22 2022

 

April Shelford library events 

We’re looking forward to holding three April events at Great Shelford Library! Pre-booking is needed so please call in to the library, ring the contact centre or send us an email (see contact details below):

 

Spring Craft Event for Children: Wed 6th April 2-3.30pm. £1 per child. Ages 3+

 

Lego/Duplo Event for Children: Wed 13th April 3.45-5.15pm. £1 per child. Ages 2+

 

Engage talk for adults: Wed 27th April 2-3.30pm a free talk by Helen Harwood about ‘Great Shelford in Times Past’. £1 suggested contribution for refreshments after the talk.

 

Are you interested in knowing more about wildlife and gardening? Come and see our new Year of the Planet display, including a wide range of inspiring books and useful spotter’s guides, some generously funded and donated by the Friends of Great Shelford Library.

 

Jigsaws: we have lots of jigsaws available in the library for you to borrow or swap. We’d also love to build up our collection of children’s jigsaws, especially those suitable for pre-school and primary children - if you’d like to donate any of these to the library that would be much appreciated.

 

Saturday 23rd April is World Book Night, a national event to celebrate the joys and benefits of reading. There are lots of suggestions for how to participate on the Reading Agency website. Cambridgeshire Libraries are hosting a series of special Read a Little Aloud online events for World Book Night, starting from Tuesday 19th April, 7-8pm. Library staff and volunteers will be reading aloud from favourite books and poems, and everyone is welcome. Feel free to join in or just sit back and listen. To find out more and receive a link to join the events, please email RALA.Online@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Posted March 22 2022

Great Shelford community awards results

The winners of the Great Shelford community awards have been announced.

 

Great Shelford Parish Council wanted to celebrate the contributions of the unsung heroes from our village, by recognising the difference they have made to members of our community by launching the first Great Shelford Community Awards.  Seven categories of award were chosen and on 3rd March, eight winners were announced at the Annual Parish Meeting.

The awards were kindly sponsored by Redmayne, Arnold and Harris.

 

There were over 50 nominations for residents who have made a difference to many lives in different ways.

Young Hero
This award is aimed for anyone under 18 years of age who has overcome personal difficulty or made a stand to improve their life or the lives of others.  The winner was Eliza Hilliard.  Eliza is only six years old and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2020.  She has been described as being one of the brightest, happiest people you could meet and has undergone her traumatic treatment with bravery and no complaints. 

 

Sports & Leisure
Julia Creed.  During the pandemic, with so much uncertainty, Julia masterminded cricket training sessions for over 100 local children. 

Community Action
There were two winners.  Chris Smith and Mary Regnier-Wilson.  Chris was the founder of the Great Shelford Covid-19 Support Group and with Mary’s help they co-ordinated over 200 volunteers, providing in excess of 500 days of support to those isolating, needing shopping, prescriptions collecting, organising food parcels, etc.

Environmental Improvement
Eleanor McCrone has been awarded this trophy for her enthusiasm and persistence to redesign the recreation ground from a blank rectangular canvas to one which embraces nature and wildlife from the riverbank to the newly opened Playscape.  

 

Social Wellbeing
Great Shelford Mobile Warden Scheme

 

Local Hero
 Keith Sugden has put an enormous amount of time into the community gardens and parochial charity allotments.  

Helping Hand/Unsung Hero
Francess Richardson.  Francess will visit those who are not well and has been a real hero through the pandemic – meeting others in/from her front garden, checking in on neighbours to ensure they don’t need anything.  She is sociable and friendly, making the smaller community in which she lives a friendly happy one.  Francess is artist and over the years her artwork has been used in various areas around the village including the bus stop near the train station, the Twinning Association have used it and thoroughout the pandemic she used her artistic talent to write quotes on her house to lift spirits.  

Read the full details on the Parish Council website

Posted March 15 2022

 

Toxic chemical found in water of some Great Shelford and Stapleford homes says The Guardian

 

More than 1,000 people in Great Shelford and Stapleford may have drunk water with dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals according to a report in The Guardian published on February 8.

 

MP Anthony Browne has demanded an urgent investigation.

 

Cambridge Water has said that tests have recently been carried out across Great Shelford and Stapleford and our water is safe.

 

The Guardian report claimed that toxic chemicals called perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) were in some of the water supplied to Great Shelford and Stapleford in June 2021. It said they were from a water borehole near Duxford airfield.

 

The newspaper reported that the aquifer was found to have PFOS levels at almost 400 nanograms per litre (ng/l) of water – four times the Drinking Water Inspectorate’s limit.

 

​Great Shelford Parish Council called an emergency meeting about the issue on February 9.

 

The meeting was told that all houses in Great Shelford and Stapleford receive the same blend of water from four boreholes, including the Duxford aquifer.

 

When water samples from Duxford were found to have a slightly higher level of some chemicals in June 2021, the use of the aquifer was discontinued even though the increased level was still acceptable Cambridge Water Operations Director Andrew Lobley told the special meeting.

 

The public was not informed about the change at the time as it was not a breach of safety guidelines.

 

Anthony Browne MP for South Cambridgeshire condemned Cambridge Water's conduct and fears that "thousands of residents" may have been drinking the toxic chemicals.

"I’m appalled at the conduct of Cambridge Water in letting this incident happen and then concealing it. The continued secrecy around how many people have been affected, and the impact on our precious aquifer, is unacceptable.

"I urge Cambridge Water to come clean about the extent of the incident, both in terms of who was affected and how long it went on for. They must directly inform affected residents."

 

Read the full story in The Guardian.

BBC coverage of the story

Cambridge News coverage

Cambridge Independent coverage

Updated Feb 27 2022

 

MP demands busway re-think

 

South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne has demanded a re-think for the controversial off-road busway after a survey revealed more than 80 per cent of respondents do not support it.

The £132million Cambridge South East Transport (CSET) busway would run through green fields in Great Shelford and Stapleford.

A total of 1,958 submissions were made to the MP’s survey which found 71.96% of respondents would “definitely not” support the GCP’s preferred route and a further 8.99% would “probably not” support it.

Of those who responded to the survey, just 5.57% said they would use the busway regularly, and an overwhelming majority of 74.67% said they would not use it at all.

The survey also revealed support for the reopening of the Haverhill to Cambridge railway line as a longer-term alternative to the busway – 68.54%.

“This survey received more responses from people directly impacted by the scheme than any one of the four GCP consultations,” said Mr Browne.

“They spoke in near-unanimity opposing the project. Alongside the many environmental concerns, comments spoke of cost pressures, better alternatives, and a phenomenal lack of engagement with local people.

“This cannot be news to the GCP, who have received appeals from parish councils, environment groups, campaigners, businesses, and residents. And yet still they push on, preparing to spend over £100million of public money unnecessarily carving up the countryside for a service the vast majority of residents say they would not use.

“The immediate need could be met with a more popular, cheaper, and less environmentally damaging scheme using existing infrastructure on the A1307. In the longer term, a rail link between Haverhill and Cambridge would allow more people to travel further, faster, and cheaper than any bus service. The GCP must take another look at these and rethink their current plans.”

Posted Feb 15 2022

 

New takeaway to open in Woollards Lane

A new takeaway in Woollards Lane called Shelford Spice is expected to open at the end of April.

The takeaway will be in the former McColls newsagents which closed almost four years ago.

"Our aim is to offer quality delicious bangladeshi curry but also being considerate with the level of spices and incorporating healthy ingredients. Our food will be similar to our existing takeaway which is Renu's, here is Renu's website: www.renus.co.uk," said owner Eftar Hussain.

 

Posted Feb 14 2022

 

Grant for Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative

Shelford & Stapleford Youth Initiative has received £7,000 to establish and grow regular indoor and outdoor activities for young people such as cooking, games, football and volleyball, and provide a safe space to socialise.

Their grant is part of £78,000 awarded by South Cambs Council for projects which help motivate and empower children and young people.

 

Posted Feb 14 2022

 

Additional bus service through village

From Feb 1st there will be an additional bus service from Hauxton & Little Shelford to Great Shelford.

 

This will be three journeys of the No 32 service operated by A2B Travel Group.

 

The bus will do a circular route around Woollards Lane, Tunwells Lane and High Street Great Shelford thus giving additional shopping opportunities for Hauxton & Lt Shelford residents. The bus will serve the Ashen Green stop in High St at 10.27  11.57 & 15.12 Monday to Friday only. 

 

This service is in addition to the existing No 31 service which continues to run on current timetable.  

John Wakefield Posted Jan 25 2022

 

Shelford library update

 

Happily, we are now beginning to reintroduce in-person library events. This includes a half term children’s Lego event on Wednesday 16th February (2-3.30pm, age 3+), with additional events planned for the Easter holidays. We will also be re-starting our popular monthly Engage talks, starting with a talk from a member of staff about what the Library Service offers (Wednesday March 23rd from 2-3.30pm). Pre-booking will be required for all events – please ask at the library.

 

7th-13th February is Children’s Mental Health Week. We have lots of supportive books in our Reading Well for Children collection to help younger readers to understand their feelings and we’ll be glad to help you to find the right one for your child.

 

February is LGBTQ+ History Month – celebrate the rainbow with us by choosing from our display highlighting LGBTQ authors and titles.

 

Finally, we would love your feedback about a new idea, which is to hold regular informal get-togethers at Great Shelford Library for parents and carers of children with additional needs. Whether this can go ahead will depend on the level of interest, so please tell staff in the library if you might be interested and would like further information.

 

Opening hours: Mondays 3-7pm, Tuesdays 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Wednesdays 10am-1pm, Fridays 10am-1pm and 2-6pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm.

Posted Jan 26 2022

 

Go ahead for retirement village

 

Controversial proposals to build a retirement village on green belt in Stapleford have been given the go ahead.

The retirement care village will include 220 residential units on green belt land between Haverhill Road, Stapleford and Hinton Way, Great Shelford.

There will also be facilities for the wider community to use including wellness facilities, a swimming pool and a new 50-acre Countryside Park.

There were 54 objections to the original proposal. One resident from Haverhill Road in Stapleton who submitted a letter to South Cambridgeshire Council said they were worried any development would "irreversibly change" the character of the area.

They added: "The proposed development of Greenbelt land combined with the planned busway would devastate the delightful rural character of our village.”

The proposal was originally rejected by South Cambs Council in April 2021. But it was given the go ahead following a planning appeal at the end of last year.

Developers Axis Land Partnerships said the high-end retirement village would include an investment of £15 million, creating 190 jobs during construction. 

Axis Land Partnerships is part of the Sir Robert McAlpine Group and are working in partnership with the landowner of the proposed development site.

Details about the planning appeal can be found here.

The original planning application from July 2020 can be read here.

Posted Jan 4 2022

 
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On this map of the retirement care village, Hinton Way can be seen on the top left, Haverhill Road on the bottom right and Gog Magog Way at the bottom of the picture

Co-op move update

There has been a further twist in the Co-op's proposals to move its store in Great Shelford.

It is planning to move from High Street to High Green so that they can have a bigger shop in the development that includes the Noel Young Wine Bar.

But the planning application was withdrawn during November. It is understood that traffic issues surrounding the proposal have yet to be resolved.

The revised proposals were due to be unveiled at the Parish Council's planning committee meeting on January 10 at 7.30pm. However it was announce on January 4 that the Co-op have withdrawn their application for 7 De Freville House, High Green again and will not be presenting to the Great Shelford Parish Council's Planning Committee on Monday 10th January. 

The new shop would include a cashpoint machine.

It would be 50% bigger than the current store.

The proposal includes 14 car spaces and the number of staff increasing from 11 to 13.

Updated Jan 4 2022

 

Parish Council headlines

Great Shelford Parish Council has declared a climate emergency

The Council is launching new Community Awards this year sponsored by Redmayne, Arnold and Harris.

The Parish Council is going to rename the Sports Pavilion The Charlie Nightingales Sports Pavilion after the former Chairman of the Parish Council who was also a district councillor for the village.

More details at https://www.greatshelfordparishcouncil.gov.uk/

Posted Jan 3 2022

 

New village walking group

 

A walking group has been set up in Great Shelford.

 

They walk on the first and third Wednesday of every month..

 

"Its a friendly group but the take up so far has been minimal" said organiser Leah Collis.

 

They are gentle walks that start and finish at the David Rayner Centre. The next walk will be Wednesday the 24th Nov 1:30pm.

Posted Dec 20 2021

 

Shop and help SSYI

 

Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative have been selected as one of the local charities to benefit from this year's CoOp Local Fund.

This means that when you shop at any branch of the CoOp, if you are a CoOp member (that is very easy to do too) you can choose a preferred charity to support. The money they receive from the fund will depend on how many people select SSYI

 

Any donations from this fund until 22 October 2022 will benefit SSYI's work amongst the young people in our area.

 

They have highlighted our "Girls2Win" project, which will expand their work with vulnerable young women at risk of low mental health, self-harm, suicide and risk-taking or anti-social behaviour.

Posted Dec 20 2021

Parochial Charities could support more areas locally

 

Great Shelford Parochial Charities is considering supporting areas outside of Great Shelford.

 

The charity currently provides assistance, including accommodation, to “poor persons resident in the area of the Parish of Great Shelford as constituted on 15 April, 1890”. 

 

Many residents will be aware the charity has 32 properties at More’s Meadow and is in the process of constructing an additional 21 almshouses.

 

The trustees are considering varying the terms of the charity so that assistance can be provided to a wider pool of potential beneficiaries. 

 

The charity would continue to assist those in need who live in the Parish, but the proposed amendment would also allow the charity to assist those in need who live in the surrounding area or who have a strong connection with the village or an ability to contribute significantly to village life.

They are currently consulting on the changes. The full legal notice can be read here.

Posted Dec 17 2021

Shelford library update

 

Happy New Year from Great Shelford Library. We hope you’ll support us in 2022. Here are five ways to do this:

 

  1. Join: it’s simple and free. Everyone can be a member of the library – even babies.

  2. Use: make use of your local library. Borrow books (in person or downloaded to a device}; use a computer; attend events and activities; access online resources to help with work or research.

  3. Donate: library services are free to use but monetary donations, small or large, help us to provide more books and services.

  4. Join the Friends of Great Shelford Library: only £5 for lifetime membership.

  5. Spread the word: if you love your library, tell your friends and neighbours and encourage them to join. The more members we have, the stronger we are!

 

Families: we have a new Facebook page just for you! This is where all our events and activities for children and families are listed, where you can comment, ask questions and share the news with friends and family. Don’t miss a thing - have a look today and make sure you click the Follow button!  www.facebook.com/CambslibFamilies

 

Half term Lego event: if Covid-19 restrictions at the time allow, a children’s Lego event will be held at the library on 16th February from 2-3.30pm. Places must be pre-booked. Age 3+. £1 per child.

Posted December 17 2021

Special public meeting about local plan

Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Council held a public meeting on Wednesday 1st December at 7pm in Great Shelford Memorial Hall to hear your views on the proposed Local Plan.

The plan includes proposals to build 100 new homes on Green Belt off Hinton Way and Mingle Lane. For more information about those controversial proposals, click here.

For more information on the emerging local plan, please visit the Greater Cambridge Planning page: Greater Cambridge Local Plan

Posted November 30 2021

 

Hinton Way burglary

A house in Hinton Way, Great Shelford was burgled on November 17.

The front windows at first were forced and then smashed. Items were taken including sets of china, furniture was deliberately damaged and the house ransacked throughout.

Please message the police if you happened to see individuals acting suspicious along Hinton Way - either a parked car at the side of the road, house lights left on in the early hours or individuals walking along Hinton Way with a large dark blue plastic laundry basket, In the last 24 hours.

Posted Nov 18 2021

 

Vicar to leave Great Shelford

Popular Great Shelford Vicar Simon Talbott is leaving the Parish.

The St| Mary's Church vicar is moving on in January to take up the post of Senior Chaplain and Manager, working for the Bishop of Ely.

He is a member of the Parish Council. He has also been involved with the Playscape campaign, the Feast and Great Shelford Parochial Charities.

Sarah Rann, Chair of the Parochial Charities Trustees, said “We owe Simon an enormous debt of gratitude for his tireless work at the charity, his invaluable input to our almshouse development programme, his liaison on our behalf with other village bodies and his guidance in negotiating a path through officialdom. Above all, we will miss his friendship, good humour and innate sense of what is right.”

Simon became priest in charge of Great Shelford in July 2013 and subsequently Vicar in 2019. Read a profile of Rev Talbott.

Posted Nov 30 2021

 

Organists needed

 

St Mary's Church in Great.Shelford urgently needs to find organists to  play for services over the Christmas period. Please contact Dianne on 07867 506380 for further details if you think you might be able to help.

Posted Nov 30 2021

 

New nursery opening in March

 

The new Shelford Day Nursery is Cambridge’s first STEM nursery and will now be opening its doors in April 2022.

It is located in the former Lloyd’s bank building site on High Green.

STEM education is an integrated learning approach focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Here at Shelford Day Nursery, we feel this approach to learning focuses on building key skills, inspiring curiosity in young minds, teaching children to become critical thinkers and how to go about resolving problems through evaluation techniques and thinking outside the box,” said a spokesman for the nursery.  The nursery operates on an ethos of “building a Foundation for Life Long Learning”.

The nursery will accommodate up to 60 children from birth to 5 years, across three separate rooms and also has two separate outdoor areas, with a sheltered designated outdoor space for the babies.

The Nursery’s daily opening hours will be: 7:30am to 6pm and the nursery will

be open 50 weeks a year.

The Nursery manager Deborah Parfitt has more than 35 years experience

in the sector. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and Early

Years Professional status, along with a wealth of additional training in all things Early Years.


https://shelforddaynursery.org/

Updated Dec 17 2021

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Arthur Rank needs volunteers, vans and van drivers to support Christmas Tree recycling scheme

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is asking the local community for their support with its annual Christmas Tree collection. The ‘treasure hunt for trees’ will be taking place on Thursday 6, Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 January 2022.

 

It is the seventh year of the fundraising scheme which last year saw more than 2900 pre-loved trees collected and composted, raising over £54,000 for the Hospice’s vital frontline services.

 

The scheme depends on a unique collaboration between the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity team, Just Helping, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire County Council, local businesses and scores of volunteers who generously donate their time.

 

Alison Pinney, Community Fundraiser said: “We are appealing for more volunteers who can drive (preferably their own van) and crew members, to help us this January so we can achieve our target. We will be running the scheme in line with the any current government guidelines, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our volunteers.”

 

If you, and/or someone you know, might be able to help, please contact the Hospice’s fundraising team on 01223 675888 or email christmastrees@arhc.org.uk

Posted November 29 2021

 

SSYI new centre opens

The Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative committee was very excited to be opening the new Youth Centre above the Memorial Hall in Woollards Lane in Great Shelford on Saturday 16th October.

 

It was a dream 25 years ago when SSYI was founded that they would have a permanent Youth Centre for our three villages and that dream and hope is now a reality.

 

They expect the centre to be used at least five days a week which will enhance their ability to serve the young people of our Villages and beyond. It is expected that at least 50 Young People will regularly access the Youth Centre and SSYI support and as the Youth Centre opens this number is expected to grow.

The Youth Centre was opened by Caroline Bewes DL, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and a Little Shelford resident accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant for the County, Professor Roderick Watkins. Caroline spoke at the opening about her involvement with SSYI in the early years and her passion for work with young people, which is her chosen charitable focus during her year in office.

Parish, District and County Councillors who helped provide some of the funding were also represented as well as private supporters and Church representatives. Malcolm Watson, Chair of Great Shelford Parish Council spoke about the PC’s support for SSYI since its inception and their contribution to finding this permanent home for SSYI while Marlon, one of the SSYI members who is taking on a “Young Leader” role at SSYI presented a bouquet to Caroline thanking her for cutting the ribbon and opening the new Centre.

Visit their web site for a video showing the interior of the Youth Centre and its facilities and for more information on how you can help SSYI as a volunteer, supporter or a committee member contact Zac Britton our lead youth worker on zac.britton@ssyi.club or davidjhjones@btinternet.com

David J H Jones, Chair of Trustees SSYI, www.ssyi.club

Posted Oct 31 2021

 

Carbon capture at More’s Meadow

Great Shelford Parochial Charities have received a £4,610 grant to plant native trees on their land in the village at More’s Meadow.

 

Awarded by South Cambs CC under its Zero Carbon Communities Scheme, the money will purchase 22 mature trees including field maple, hornbeam, hazel, hawthorne, beech, crab apple, oak, wild service and rowan

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Thanking South Cambs for their generosity, Parochial Charities trustee, Keith Sugden, said, “The Charity has a number of initiatives underway to enhance the village environment and combat climate change. Already, we have laid out new allotments, planted some 80 trees - including a community orchard - established a community garden and laid wheelchair accessible paths alongside our raised planting beds.”

The Charity’s land, approximately seven acres between Cambridge Rd and the railway, is open to all. There are three entrances: at the end of Bridge Close / More’s Meadow, also from the railway footbridge, and from the end of The Hectare entrance; the latter is designed for easy wheelchair access.

Further information about the Parochial Charities can be found at gspc.org.uk

Posted Oct 26 2021

 

Environmental books at village library

 

A year-round selection of books to delight, amaze and inform you about the wonders of our planet and the challenges it is facing are now on the shelves at Great Shelford library.

 

Books on nature and wildlife, gardening for wildlife, ecology, climate change, and on ways to live a greener, more climate-friendly life are now available.

Posted Oct 26 2021

 

7a Shelford bus times are changing

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See the full details here

Posted Nov 1 2021

Village railway crossing named worst in the UK

Shelford railway crossing has been named as the worst in the UK for barrier-hopping.

Shelford level crossing recorded 11 'incursions' in 2020, according to the Daily Mail after they made a Freedom of Information request to Network Rail.

According to the Mail, a man was knocked to the ground by a head blow from a descending barrier. 

The newspaper claimed that other incidents at Shelford saw pedestrians leapfrog the closed barriers, in some cases to get onto the train platform - without paying – or simply to cross more quickly.

However, in a letter to Shelford resident Ian Kydd in April 2020, Sophie Moeng, Network Rail’s Consultation Manager claimed the crossing wasn’t a risk.

“The level crossing does not pose an undue safety risk and therefore no significant upgrades have been identified,” she said.

“This includes installing a footbridge as a means to cross the railway when the barriers are down.

“Any new footbridge would very likely have to be fully accessible so this would involve a ramped structure or a stepped footbridge with lifts.”

Posted October 3 2021

Villager Robert Hyde has sent a letter to Great Shelford Online setting out what he believes to be the reasons for the crossing issue in Shelford.

 

Shelford burglaries

 

There have been two daylight burglaries in Great Shelford during September.

 

A house in Chaston Road, Great Shelford was burgled between 3pm and 6pm on September 7.

And a family in High Street Great Shelford  were burgled on September 12 while they were in the garden.

 

Posted September 14

 

New Post Office opening hours

There are new Post Office hours and last collection (LC) times at Great Shelford Post Office on Hinton Way.

Mon - Fri  --  9AM - 5:30PM  --  LC 4:45PM

Sat  --  9AM - 1PM  --  LC 11:45AM

Sun  --  Closed .

 

The Shop hours remain the same: Mon - Sat  -- 7AM - 6:30PM & Sun 7AM -- 1PM.

Posted Oct 5 2021

 
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Village business introduces parking fines

£100 parking fines have been introduced in part of the village centre.

Angli-EAR Hearing have introduced the fines in their private car park off Woollards Lane. The car park at the side of their building is a private car park for angli-EAR Hearing clients and four properties of Robinson Court.

A new sign (left) warning about the fines has appeared outside their office, which is the former Barclays Bank building.

It is understood that the first £100 fines were handed out last week.


"We have done our utmost to inform people that the parking is for our clients visiting the clinic and our staff," said Sarah Chapman from angli-EAR.

 

"We use the spaces each day.  Even though we have tried signage, polite notes on cars and speaking to people when they park, we have not been able to resolve the issue of the public using our private car park. Over the weekends the car park seems to be used by people to eat lunch, leaving litter in the car park and sometimes even fly-tipping. Due to this continuing anti-social behaviour we unfortunately had to take enforcement to the next level. A company called Parking Eye is now enforcing our car park's usage and will issue fines to unregistered vehicles.

"There will be a QR code for clients and visitors to the clinic to scan to register their details, or if they do not have a smartphone, a registering point within Reception.

"We are sorry to have to take this step. But when our clients can’t park or aren’t able to walk along the pavement due to vehicles parked there to avoid parking in a space, something needs to change.

"We have offered our car park facilities to the Shelford Fun Run and for community events and we will continue to support this, but it’s the day to day usage which we need to protect for the benefit of our clients."

Public parking is available in the Memorial Hall or a further public car park accessed between the old McColl’s shop and Solutions hairdressers on Woollards Lane.

Posted Aug 28 2021

 

Revised opening time for the Country Market

As from 1 September, the Country Market will be open from 9 am to 11.30 every Wednesday in the Memorial Hall. 

All the stalls will be well laid out with home-made produce: baking and preserves, garden produce and craft work and the Coffee Stop should be open.

Posted Aug 23 21

Shelford Playscape will open this month

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Great Shelford survey results

Readers of the Great Shelford Online website demanded two major changes as part of an online survey that took place earlier this summer.

Survey responses asked for clearer links that go straight to the story concerned rather than just a page. Comments included:

  • Click on a link and it doesn’t take you to the article you wish to read

  • It’s a bit clunky, navigating back and forth is not easy

  • I find it difficult to re-find older items because the pages are all one long string of entries, which keep being added to at the top.

  • Jumps all over the place, badly laid out and links are confusing.

 

The layout was also criticised in the survey. Comments included:

  • I think the layout is very unsophisticated.

  • It looks awful

  • I think it needs updating - its tired bit like me!

The survey results have heavily influenced the new Great Shelford Online website, which was launched on September 1 2021. Changes have included:

  • Improved linking, directly to the story concerned rather than just a page

  • More modern look and feel of the website

  • Mobile phone friendly website.

  • Dates are now being included when a story is first posted as suggested by a number of people in the survey

  • More local photos are now being used.

We would like to hear your feedback on the new website. Please send your views to greatshelfordwebsite@gmail.com

Posted Aug 23 21

 

New Shelford care home

 

A new 63 bed care home is currently being built on the former Shelford Energy site in Station Road in Great Shelford.

The care home is being built on the former home of the Shelford Corn and Coal Company who remained on the site until the 1980s.

The proposed care home will provide 63 en suite bedrooms and a wide range of amenity facilities including a café, cinema room, gym and hair salon.

It will be run by Porthaven Care Homes.

Posted Aug 24 21

 

A1307, Addenbrooke’s to Worts' Causeway resurfacing

The current closure of the Wort’s Causeway junction will be lifted from Monday, 6 September and replaced by temporary traffic lights, whilst the traffic signal installation is being completed.

From Wednesday, 8 September the A1307 will be resurfaced from the Worts’ Causeway junction to the Addenbrooke’s Roundabout.

The A1307 will be closed between Addenbrooke’s Roundabout and Granham’s Road overnight (8pm to 6am) for four weekday nights.

Access to properties, for emergency services, buses and active travel path users will be maintained at all times.

An official diversion route will be signposted via A1307 – A11 – A505 – A1301 Sawston to Great Shelford – Trumpington – A1134 Long Road

Once the resurfacing works are completed, the new traffic signals at the Worts’ Causeway junction will be commissioned and the temporary traffic signals removed. This part of the work is scheduled for week commencing the 13 September.

Posted Aug 26 2021

 

Shelford library is now fully open


Great Shelford Library reverted to its full opening hours in August.

 

To keep everyone safe, visitor numbers will continue to be limited and Covid-19 safety precautions will remain in place, including the wearing of a face covering.
 

 

  • MONDAY 3pm – 7pm

  • TUESDAY 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

  • WEDNESDAY 10am – 1pm

  • THURSDAY closed

  • FRIDAY 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 6pm

  • SATURDAY 10am – 1pm

  • SUNDAY closed.

Posted Aug 20 21

31 bus service update

 

Some journeys on the 31 bus service are now extended through onto the 114 service from Addenbrooke's Hospital which covers Sainsbury's, The Beehive and Grafton Centres and Drummer Street..

These are the 10.06  11.36 and 13.06 from Chaston Road bus stop. The 31 timetable remains the same. There is no need to change bus at Addenbrooke's as the same bus continues onto the 114 route.

 

Full details of timetables are available here. Note: this is the weekday (Monday to Friday) only not Saturday.

Posted Aug 19 21

 

Could McColls become a takeaway?

The former McColls newsagents could soon become an Indian takeaway.

Proposals to convert the empty shop on Woollards Lane have been submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council. 

McColls has stood empty since the shop closed three years ago.

You can read the full planning application here.

Posted Aug 17 21

Shelford Feast 2021

One thousand people attended the Shelford Feast free one day event on Saturday July 10. 

 

Events including Tony Hadley and Trevor Nelson have been postponed until 2022.

Read full details about the 2022 Shelford Feast day of events on the Shelford Feast website.

 

Posted July 12 21

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